And here it is, the last day of August (!) How did that happen? Get your informal writerly learnings now, before summer disappears!
Susan DeFreitas lists the three strengths and three challenges of starting your novel with theme. Then, Carol J. Michel explains how to market your book without social media. Jane Friedman
Tiffany Yates Martin shares the one tool that transforms your writing. Then, Tasha Seegmiller composes a letter to a writer: keep learning. Laurie Schnebly Campbell is tremendous, terrible, triumphant. Writers in the Storm
Elizabeth S. Craig is regaining confidence.
C.S. Lakin lists seven sensory elements that writers ignore. Live, Write, Thrive
To kill … To Kill a Mockingbird? It’s Lit | PBS Storied
C.S. Lakin explains how to nail the purpose of your novel’s scenes. Then, Lisa Hall-Wilson shows you how to use trauma strategically to create an emotional arc. Writers Helping Writers
David Corbett: the people we think we know (and the characters they inspire). Then, Diana Giovinazzo helps you utilize video games in your writing. Heather Webb says, if you want to be a career author, you have to avoid pitfalls (and a few trips, too). Then, Natalie Hart touts the gift of hunger. Writer Unboxed
K.M. Weiland shares the main reason your story’s premise is important. Helping Writers Become Authors
Studio Ghibli’s Ponyo: a love letter to the natural world. The Take
Savannah Cordova provides an honest appraisal of Amazon exclusivity for first-time authors. Then, Marina Barakatt considers the merits of The Wicked + the Divine. Leora Krygier considers multigenerational trauma in memoir. DIY MFA
Ann Harth offers a layered method for creating consistent characters. Fiction University
Kristen Lamb considers writer’s block: is it laziness, or a critical part of being a long-time author?
Oren Ashkenazi analyzes five stories that neglect tension. Mythcreants
Why super heroine movies don’t empower us all. The Take
K.W. Colyard explains why authors can’t get enough of this little-known fairy tale. Bustle
Vida Cruz declares, we are the mountain: a look at the inactive protagonist. Fantasy Magazine
Clive Thompson explains how data science pinpointed the creepiest word in Macbeth. OneZero
Steve Edwards is misunderstanding Thoreau: reading neurodiversity in literature and in life. Literary Hub
Sebastian Leck reports that a unique literary festival focuses solely on Haudenosaunee storytelling and publishing. CBC
Peter Knegt: the first piece of queer Mauritian literature ever published is by Montreal’s Kama La Mackerel. CBC
Thanks for taking the time to visit. I hope you found something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe!